In-depth comparison of the new Apple Watch Ultra vs Series 8, SE

In-depth comparison of the new Apple Watch Ultra vs Series 8, SE ...

The Apple Watch lineup for 2022 has arrived and is undergoing quite a few changes, mostly due to the brand new Ultra model. However, there is still a lot to consider between the latest models and their predecessors. Read on for a complete look at Apple Watch Ultra vs Series 8, SE, and more.

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Apple Watch isn''t necessarily an every-year upgrade, but weve included everything from Apple Watch Ultra through Series 6 and SE 1st gen to give the best possible picture of the differences between the two current models.

Series 8, SE, and earlier versions of Apple Watch Ultra

Last year, Apple used the same 64-bit dual-core processor in the Series 7 that was introduced in the Series 6, but with the new S7 name.

Apple Watch Ultra and Series 8 have a dual-core processor that appears to be roughly the same as the S7 and S6 performance-wise, since it did not reveal any claims of performance improvement during its keynote or on its website.

If youre coming from an earlier Apple Watch model, you should see a faster, responsive watch.

According to Apple, the S8 is 20% faster than the S5 version.

If youre coming from a Series 3 or 4 to Ultra, Series 8, or SE gen 2, is a 32GB storage.

UltraSeries 8SE 276SE 1
SiP/ProcessorS8 SiP 64-bit dual-core processorS8 SiP 64-bit dual-core processorS8 SiP 64-bit dual-core processorS7 SiP 64-bit dual-core processorS6 SiP 64-bit dual-core processorS5 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor
U1 (ultra wideband)
Bluetooth5.35.35.35.05.05.0
Storage32GB32GB32GB32GB32GB32GB

The second version of Apple Watch Ultra/Series 8 and SE 2nd gen isn''t equipped with the U1 ultra wideband chips.

Apple Watch Ultra has the largest case and display yet, with a 49mm display for the former and an 1164 sq mm resolution, according to the company, which is 27% larger than the display on Series 4-6/SE.

Apple Watch Series 8 continues with the same sizes as the Series 7 that was released, with 45 and 41mm cases, and a larger display that is 20% bigger than Series 4-6/SE and 50% greater than the Series 3 display.

UltraSeries 8SE 276SE 1
Case size49mm45/41mm44/40mm45/41mm44/40mm44/40mm
Display size410 x 502 pixels, 1164 sq mm396 x 484 pixels, 1143 sq mm (45mm model)368 x 448 pixels, 977 sq mm (44mm model)396 x 484 pixels, 1143 sq mm (45mm model)368 x 448 pixels, 977 sq mm (44mm model)368 x 448 pixels, 977 sq mm (44mm model)
Brightness2,000 nits1,000 nits1,000 nits1,000 nits1,000 nits1,0000 nits
Always-on display
Sapphire crystal frontYes with steel models, no with aluminumYes with steel models, no with aluminumYes with steel models, no with aluminum

The second gen of Apple Watch features the same 44 or 40mm case options and the same display size as the 1st gen/Series 6.

Apple claims that bands that are suited for 44 and 45mm Apple Watches will compete with Apple Watch Ultra, and vice versa:

  • Apple Watch Ultra band compatibility explained

The Series 8 and SE 2nd gen will continue to work with the same form factors as previously.

The biggest battery in Apple Watch Ultra is a 36-hour standard battery life and up to 60 hours of extended use with Low Power mode (special Ultra Low Power mode is coming soon).

Notably, the Apple Watch Series 4 and later will have a low-power mode, which will be doubled from 18 to 36 hours.

UltraSeries 8SE 276SE 1
Battery life standard36 hours18 hours18 hours18 hours18 hours18 hours
Extended battery with Low Power mode60 hours36 hours36 hours36 hours36 hours36 hours
Charging0-80% in 45 minutes0-80% in 45 minutes0-80% in 45 minutes0-80% in 45 minutes0-80% in 60 minutes0-80% in 60 minutes

First introduced with Apple Watch 7 and continued with Apple Watch Ultra and Series 8 is 33% faster charging than Series 6 and earlier. That means going from 0-80% in 45 instead of around 60 minutes for the other models.

If you like Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8, or 7, for sleep tracking, you may earn $8 hours worth of time during an 8-minute charge.

The core features you get with Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8, and SE vs the previous models are shown below.

Apple Watch model/featuresUltraSeries 8SE 276SE 1
Customizable action button
ECG app
Blood Oxygen app
High/low heart rate notifications
MIL-STD 810H certified
Precision dual-frequency GPS
New Compass app w/ waypoints + backtrack??
IP6X dust resistant
Water resistant to 100m
Water resistant to 50m
Depth gauge + EN13319 certified
Oceanic+ app/dive computer
86-decibel siren
Sleep tracking
Crash detection
Fall detection
Cycle tracking with temp sensing
Cycle tracking without temp sensing
Emergency SOS
  • Apple Watch Ultra is priced from $799 (Apple, Amazon, more)
  • Series 8 comes starts from $399/$429 and up (Apple, Amazon, more)
  • Apple Watch SE 2nd gen goes from $249 (Apple, Amazon, more)

Series 8 of Apple Watch Ultra vs Series 8 and the previous wrap-up

Apple Watch Ultra has brought the most upgrades and upgrades to its wearable line. However, the new pro model may be overkill for many.

Apple Watch Series 8 may look similar to Series 7S or 6SS, but if you''re considering upgrading from Series 3, 4, or SE, you get a larger display, a quick-on screen, and all of the latest and greatest health features.

What are you concerned about the next Apple Watch model? Have you already ordered one? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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